Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sort Students into Groups Using Integers

If you want a quick activity that you can use to randomly put students into groups of two or four, look no further. This activity uses integers represented in words and with tiles to sort students into groups. This could be used with any class where students can add integers (subtraction is not needed) and represent them with tiles.
In each row is a set of integer cards that represent the same number. The next row will have a set of cards that has the opposite number. 

  • Grade 7 Number Sense & Numeration 
  • Grade 8 Number Sense & Numeration (review)

  • Integer Cards Prep work: Cut the cards out. Note that every two rows of cards make up a set of four. Remove sets according to how many students you have.
  • Bag or Bin to put cards in

  1. Each person chooses a card and finds their partner. The person with a card that represents the same integer. Stop here if you only want students in pairs.
  2. Next this pair of students looks for the other pair of students who has a number that will add together with theirs to equal zero

  • Choosing Groups with Integer Cards (doc) (pdf)

Did you use this activity? Do you have a way to make it better? If so tell us in the comment section. Thanks

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